Finding Your Hero: Storytelling Strategies for Counselling

Facilitator: Kim Billington

Course Overview:
Learn how to engage in fresh therapeutic conversations through the enchantment of story to explore the hero’s journey: from classic folktales and popular Disney versions to the very real story of your client. This therapeutic approach can help children and adults who are facing challenges recognise their own heroic journey. The imaginative and thrilling discoveries will enhance your therapeutic relationships and create opportunities to explore the effects of trauma and loss, and create hope and healing.

This ancient practice of sharing stories facilitates the discovery of the heroic patterns from ancient myths to the way we encounter and overcome obstacles in our own story. Understanding ‘The Heroic Journey’ (Ref: Joseph Campbell) as a template for the way humans grow through their struggles can help clients reflect about their problems and their life’s current and past stresses in a new way. Traditional stories contain hidden messages about possible ways of overcoming adversity. Stories use metaphors that can change the way we see ourselves and our world. They help to connect us to each other and help in finding meaning and hope. Storytelling brings together an external therapeutic input with child-directed engagement for healing as it has been practiced by traditional cultures for millennia.

Rather than a day of power points, this workshop will be interactive and practical with ample demonstrations, group work and brief exercises to develop skills. You will have a chance to consider why storytelling works, how to introduce and incorporate storytelling in counselling, gain a resource of sample stories as well as ideas of where to look for suitable stories for therapy.

Included in the day will be discussion of your own experiences in hearing stories told and how particular stories address common experiences such as: fear of failure, loss of control, loss of happiness, facing evil, seeing that bad things happen, longing for peace and resolution, finding helpers along the way and discovering hope.

You will have the opportunity to:

  • Understand how stories can facilitate healing and help find heroes
  • Gain confidence in bringing small stories into therapy
  • Identify suitable stories
  • Understand the theory informing this work
  • Consider the evidence
  • Experience and discuss the therapeutic uses of story telling
  • Practise creating and telling stories
  • Develop ways to incorporate storytelling into practice
  • Gain a set of story resources to use for counselling 
  • Learn in the safety and support of a small group environment

What ideas are explored:

  • How can stories be used in therapy?
  • What theory and evidence inform this work?
  • Does storytelling work for all ages?
  • When might this form of therapy not be useful?
  • How can I involve parents?
  • What are the different types of stories I could use when counselling?

Training methods will include:

  • Interactive presentation
  • Large and small group discussions
  • Live demonstrations of methods
  • Storytelling and construction opportunities
  • Structured role play experience
  • Reflection opportunities for application of methods

Who Should Attend:
All those who work with children and adults, who want to integrate the power and wisdom of stories into their practice. Counsellors, school counsellors, social workers, psychologists, case workers, child and family counsellors, psychotherapists, pastoral workers, other allied health professionals and students of these disciplines. Provisional psychologists can attend at student rates.

Workshop Details:
Included in the workshop price:

  • 6 CPD points/hours (12 hours for AASW members)
  • Comprehensive Bound Seminar Workbook
  • Certificate of Attendance
  • Lunch, Morning & Afternoon Teas
  • GST
  • Early bird savings for bookings made two months prior to training

Workshop Cost:
Regular Price $330
Early Bird $300 (paid 2 months prior to workshop)
Student Price $270
Student Early Bird $250 (paid 2 months prior to workshop)

This event counts as 4 hours of category A CPD for PACFA’s membership renewal requirements.

For full details regarding the event please go to the website.

9:00 am - 4:00 pm

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